Mal Fichman

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Mal Fichman

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Biographical Information[edit]

Manager Mal Fichman won three consecutive Frontier League championships with three different teams. He captured the first in 1994 with the Erie Sailors, added another with the Johnstown Steal in 1995, and won a third title in 1996 with the Springfield Capitals.

Prior to that he had made a speciality of managing unaffiliated teams in the lower minors. He had some good success certain years, including taking the Erie Sailors to the New York-Penn League finals in 1990, and much less other years, including a season with the Rocky Mount Pines in 1980 that ranks among the worst of the past 50 years in minor league baseball. In between stints, he ran a baseball school in Florida with Lou Haneles that looked to prepare players overlooked in the amateur draft for a career in minor league baseball. This baseball school was one of the main sources for players that Haneles, as owner, and Fichman, as manager, used to stock their teams in 1979-1980. Fichman's knack for finding overlooked talent became a real asset in the mid 1990s with the development of the Independent Leagues.

After 2000, Fichman was hired as a scout by the San Diego Padres to look for talent in the independent leagues. He did very well in this new capacity, and was later hired by the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2011 Fichman is the coordinator of independent league scouting for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

As a scout, he signed Dale Thayer, Matt Stocco, Jon Knott, Stephen Spragg, Adam Kudryk and Chris Oxspring.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1979 Newark Co-Pilots New York-Penn League 32-39 6th none
1980 Rocky Mount Pines Carolina League 24-114 8th none
1987 Boise Hawks Northwest League 17-21 8th none replaced Derrel Thomas (9-29) July 26
1988 Boise Hawks Northwest League 30-46 7th none
1989 Boise Hawks Northwest League 35-40 5th none
1990 Erie Sailors New York-Penn League 44-33 3rd none Lost League Finals
1991 Reno Silver Sox California League 59-77 7th none
1993 Duluth-Superior Dukes Northern League 31-41 6th Independent Leagues
1994 Erie Sailors Frontier League 42-25 2nd Independent Leagues League Champs
1995 Johnstown Steal Frontier League 46-23 1st Independent Leagues League Champs
1996 Springfield Capitals Frontier League 39-35 4th (t) Independent Leagues League Champs
1997 Springfield Capitals Frontier League 42-39 5th Independent Leagues
1998 Springfield Capitals Frontier League 48-29 1st Independent Leagues League Champs
1999 Johnstown Johnnies Frontier League 43-41 3rd (t) Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round